Global Search for New Physics in 2.0 fb^{1} of ppbar Collisions at sqrt(s)=1.96 TeV
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Data collected in Run II of the Fermilab Tevatron are searched for
indications of new electroweak scale physics.
Rather than focusing
on particular new physics scenarios, CDF data are analyzed for
discrepancies with the Standard Model prediction.
A modelindependent approach (Vista) considers gross features of
the data, and is sensitive to new large cross section physics.
A quasimodelindependent approach (Sleuth) emphasizes the highpT
tails, and is particularly sensitive to new electroweak scale physics.
An algorithm has been developed to search invariant mass distributions
for 'bumps' that could indicate resonant production of new particles.
This combined global search for new physics in 2.0 fb^1 of pbarp
collisions at sqrt(s)=1.96 TeV reveals no indication of physics beyond
the Standard Model.
Vista plots and tables:
Sleuth plots and tables:
Bump Hunter plots and tables:
Vista summary of final state populations EPS GIF 

Top ten Vista final states The calculation of &sigma_{t} includes the trials factor EPS GIF 

Graphical summary of Vista final state population discrepancies No final state shows a significant population discrepancy, after accounting for the trials factor EPS GIF  
Graphical summary of Vista kinematic variable distribution discrepancies Interest is focused on the outliers, representing distributions with significant discrepancy However, after analysis, none of these discrepant distributions motivate a new physics claim EPS GIF 
Vista electronjet final state: M(e,j) EPS GIF 
Vista muonjet final state: muon pT EPS GIF 

Vista photonjet final state: photon pT EPS GIF 
Vista Z production: e+ pT EPS GIF 

Vista W production: W pT EPS GIF 

Vista bjet final state: b pT EPS GIF 
Vista taujet final state: tau pT EPS GIF 

Vista electronphoton final state: e pT EPS GIF  Vista electronphoton final state: photon detector Eta EPS GIF 

Vista final state with largest deficit of data: belectronpmiss: missing pT distribution EPS GIF  Vista final state with largest excess of data: photontau: tau pT EPS GIF 
Below we show a few representative plots for the "three jet" discrepancy. The most likely hypothesis for this effect is that our parton shower model doesn't model the Tevatron data well. This discrepancy remains currently unresolved.  
Vista 3 jet low sumPt final state: deltaR(j2,j3) EPS GIF 
Vista 3 jet final state: mass (j1) EPS GIF 

Vista 1 electron, 2 jet final state: deltaR(j1,j2) EPS GIF 
Vista 1 bjet, 1 electron, 1 jet final state: deltaR(j,b) EPS GIF 

Vista 1 bjet, 2 jet low sumPt final state: deltaR(j2,b) EPS GIF 
Vista 1 bjet, 2 jet low sumPt final state: deltaR(j2,b) EPS GIF 

Another cause of shape discrepancy in Vista is difficulty modeling intrinsic k_{T} of the colliding system. This is illustrated by this plot of unclustered energy for the 2j final state EPS GIF 
Below are some Vista distributions relevent to the top Sleuth final states, all involving same sign electron muon final states.  
Vista 1e+ 1mu+ final state: e+ detector eta EPS GIF 
Vista 1e+ 1mu+ 1pmiss final state: e+ detector eta EPS GIF 

Vista 1e+ 1mu+ final state: e+ detector eta EPS GIF 
Vista 1e+ 1mu+ 1pmiss final state: e+ detector eta EPS GIF 

Below we show analogous distribution for opposite sign electron muon final states. They do not display significant discrepancies indicating that the issue is unlikely to be due to a misestimate of the jet to electron fake rates.  
Vista 1e+ 1mu final state: detector eta. EPS GIF 
Vista 1e+ 1mu 1pmiss final state: e+ detector eta EPS GIF 

Vista 1e+ 1jet 1mu final state: e+ detector eta. EPS GIF 
Vista 1e+ 2jet 1mu 1pmiss final state: e+ detector eta EPS GIF 

Vista electronjet final state: electron detector eta. This plot similarly shows that the jet to electron fake rate is well constrained. EPS GIF 

Below we show the muon pT distributions for some Vista final states relevent to the top Sleuth final states. The excesses predominantly appear at large muon transverse momentum.  
Vista 1e+ 1mu+ final state: mu+ pT EPS GIF 
Vista 1e+ 1mu+ 1pmiss final state: mu+ pT EPS GIF 

Vista 1e+ 1jet 1mu+ final state: mu+ pT EPS GIF 
Vista 1e+ 2jet 1mu+ 1pmiss final state: mu+ pT EPS GIF 

Vista correction factor definitions Values and errors obtained from global fit to data These are only applicable within the context of the Vista correction model EPS GIF 
TildeScriptP, which is the probability that a final state with a scriptP as small as the smallest scriptP observed would appear in pseudodata. EPS GIF  
Observed distribution of scriptP from all Sleuth final states (data) The deviation from a uniform distribution illustrates the known remaining imperfections in the correction model used to obtain the SM estimate Conglomeration around 0 (1) indicates probable under(over)estimation of the SM background in these final states EPS GIF  
Observed distribution of scriptP from all Sleuth final states (data) Same as above, but in a Gaussian mapping to reveal values closer to 0 and 1 EPS GIF  
Illustration of the Sleuth &Sigma p_{T} variable in the top quark lepton+jets channel with at least 1 btag EPS GIF 
ScriptP values for Sleuth's top 5 most discrepant final states EPS GIF 

Sleuth #1 discrepant final state EPS GIF 
Sleuth #2 discrepant final state EPS GIF 

Sleuth #3 discrepant final state EPS GIF 
Sleuth #4 discrepant final state EPS GIF 

Sleuth #5 discrepant final state EPS GIF 
Sleuth Result for the 1e+1e1mu+1pmiss final state with the standard model WZ background removed. This shows the observed sensitivity for WZ production using Sleuth. After removing the WZ background, Sleuth finds a scriptP value of 5.7e05, and a tildeScriptP of 0.01. EPS GIF 
Overview of significances of most interesting bumps in all mass variables. Each entry corresponds to one mass distribution that was scanned, and was found to contain at least one bump satisfying quality criteria. The quantity distributed is P_{a}, the probability for the most significant bump in a distribution to be surpassed in significance by a bump in pseudodata pulled from the same distribution. These probabilities are transformed to units of standard deviation, using the formula P_{a}=0.5*[1  erf(&sigma/sqrt(2))]. The values corresponding to less than 4.5&sigma have been estimated approximately. When applied on psudodata pulled from the mass distributions, the approximate method of estimation of P_{a} returns values distributed according to the black curve. Values corresponding to more than 4.5&sigma are estimated with a more accurate method. When that method is applied on pseudodata pulled from the mass distributions, the resulting values of P_{a} are distributed according to a Normal distribution. Therefore, values of P_{a} corresponding to more than 4.5&sigma can be translated directly to significance, since their expected distribution is a Normal distribution. About 5000 mass distributions are considered, which means that to have an effect of significance 3&sigma after all trials factor, it needs to have a significance of 5&sigma or more in this scale of P_{a}. EPS GIF 
The only significant bump found, which is in the final state with 4 jets and SumPt < 400 GeV. Its significance is 4.1&sigma after accounting for the trials factor. EPS GIF 
Zoom in at the significant bump found in 4j_sumPt0400. EPS GIF 
pvalues of all bump windows accross mass(j1,j2,j3,j4) in 4j_sumPt0400. EPS GIF 
Final state 4j_sumPt0400 is affected by soft final state radiation, which is not modelled well by Pythia, as this analysis has demonstrated first in the 3j_sumPt0400 final state. EPS GIF 
The "3jet" effect, appearing as an excess of data with the third leading jet (j3) at low pT. EPS GIF 
The "3jet" effect, appearing as an excess of data with the fourth leading jet (j4) at low pT. EPS GIF 
The "3jet" effect, appearing in mass(j1,j2,j3) in the 3j_sumPt0400 final state. The visible excess does not qualify as a bump, because it is too wide and sidebands are discrepant. EPS GIF 
The "3jet" effect, appearing in mass(j1,j2,j3,j4,j5) in the 5j final state. The most interesting bump, indicated by the blue lines, corresponds to a 1.5&sigma effect after trials factor. EPS GIF 
The most interesting bump found in the 1e+1e final state. This represents a slight imperfection in modelling the Zpeak, which appears in the Bump Hunter because statistics are very enhanced, therefore even a tiny mismodelling appears significant. Still, the "bump" found here has significance only 2.7&sigma after accounting for the trials factor. EPS GIF 
Zoom in at the most interesting bump found in 1e+1e. This is clearly not new physics, but a tiny mismodelling with no effect, other than appearing in the results of the Bump Hunter. EPS GIF 
pvalues of all bump windows accross mass(e+,e) in 1e+1e. Apart from the uninteresting feature at the Zpeak, nothing else is significant in this mass spectrum. EPS GIF 
The most interesting bump found in the 1mu+1mu final state. This represents a slight imperfection in modelling the Zpeak, which appears in the Bump Hunter because statistics are very enhanced, therefore even a tiny mismodelling appears significant. Still, the "bump" found here has probability 74% to appear from a random fluctuation, is therefore statistically insignificant. EPS GIF 
Zoom in at the most interesting bump found in 1mu+1mu. This is clearly a nonsignificant excess, though it is the most significant one within this mass variable. EPS GIF 
pvalues of all bump windows accross mass(mu+,mu) in 1mu+1mu. Apart from the uninteresting feature at the Zpeak, nothing else is significant in this mass spectrum. EPS GIF 
The most interesting bump found in the highSumPt dijet final state. This "bump" is extremely insignificant, with probability over 99% to appear due to a random fluctuation, after accounting for the trials factor. EPS GIF 
Zoom in at the most interesting bump found in the highSumPt 2j final state. EPS GIF 
pvalues of all bump windows accross mass(j1,j2) in 2j highSumPt final state. EPS GIF 
The most interesting bump found in the final state 1b1e+3j1pmiss, which is dominated by top quark production, where one of the two bquark jets is not tagged. The scanned variable is the mass of the reconstructed top pair. This "bump" is extremely insignificant, with probability almost 100% to appear due to a random fluctuation, after accounting for the trials factor. EPS GIF 
Zoom in at the most interesting bump found in the 1b1e+3j1pmiss final state. EPS GIF 
pvalues of all bump windows accross mass(ttbar) in final state 1b1e+3j1pmiss. EPS GIF 
The most interesting bump found in the final state 1e+1mu, with an electron and muon of opposite charge. The scanned variable is the mass of the lepton pair. This "bump" is extremely insignificant, with probability almost 100% to appear due to a random fluctuation, after accounting for the trials factor. EPS GIF 
Zoom in at the most interesting bump found in the 1e+1mu final state. EPS GIF 
pvalues of all bump windows accross mass(e+,mu) in final state 1e+1mu. EPS GIF 
The most interesting bump found in the final state 1e+1mu+, with an electron and muon of same charge. The scanned variable is the mass of the lepton pair. This "bump" is extremely insignificant, with probability almost 100% to appear due to a random fluctuation, after accounting for the trials factor. EPS GIF 
Zoom in at the most interesting bump found in the 1e+1mu+ final state. EPS GIF 
pvalues of all bump windows accross mass(e+,mu+) in final state 1e+1mu+. EPS GIF 
The most interesting bump found in the final state 1tau+1tau, with two opposite charge hadronically decaying 1prong taus. The interval of this bump, indicated by the blue lines, is only partly included in the drawn interval, which includes the bulk of the distribution, but in another plot we show exactly the region of the bump. The scanned variable is the mass of the lepton pair. This "bump" is very insignificant, with probability about 28% to appear due to a random fluctuation, after accounting for the trials factor. EPS GIF 
Zoom in at the most interesting bump found in the 1tau+1tau final state. EPS GIF 
pvalues of all bump windows accross mass(tau+,tau) in final state 1tau+1tau. EPS GIF 
The most interesting bump found in the final state 1e+1tau, with an electron and hadronically decaying (1prong) tau of opposite charge. The scanned variable is the mass of the lepton pair. This "bump" is has probability about 3% to appear due to a random fluctuation, after accounting for the trials factor. EPS GIF 
Zoom in at the most interesting bump found in the 1e+1tau final state. EPS GIF 
pvalues of all bump windows accross mass(e+,tau) in final state 1e+1tau. EPS GIF 
Most significant bump after injecting 700 Z' events [Z'_{250 GeV}&rarr charged leptons] on top of pseudodata following the Standard Model background. That adds 55 signal events to the 1e+1e final state, causing this bump of significance 3.74&sigma after trials factor. This amount of signal is slightly more than needed to reach the 3&sigma threshold. The actual discovery cost is between 600 and 700 events. EPS GIF 
Most significant bump after injecting 7000 Higgs events [WH(&rarr l&nu+b+bbar)] on top of pseudodata following the Standard Model background. That adds 15 events to the 2b1e+1pmiss final state, which causes this bump of significance 3.4&sigma after trials factor. This amount of signal is slightly more than needed to reach the 3&sigma threshold. In another attempt, the required signal was 6000 events, resulting in a bump at the same region, with significance 3.1&sigma . EPS GIF 
Most significant bump after injecting 4600 Z'(500 GeV)&rarr ttbar events on top of pseudodata following the Standard Model background. That adds 41 signal events to the 1b1e+3j1pmiss final state, causing this bump of significance 3.3&sigma after trials factor. EPS GIF 
Most significant bump after injecting 5000 Z'(500 GeV)&rarr ttbar events on top of pseudodata following the Standard Model background. That adds 47 signal events to the 1b1e+3j1pmiss final state, causing this bump of significance 3.2&sigma after trials factor. EPS GIF 